Eating this reminds me of Christmas. Something about orange and chocolate. Don’t be off-put by its name, there is no meat in this salami, it is purely dessert. It only looks like salami and tastes like Christmas on a dish. You can add whatever nut, liquor, flavoring or cookie you would like. One can get very creative, I am thinking graham crackers, tiny mini marshmallows, and chocolate chips. But there is something sophisticated about chocolate and orange. I think next time I will try this with 2 packages of Choco Leibniz Cookies for a deeper chocolate flavor.
Salame di Cioccolato
1 1/2 sticks butter
2 pasteurized egg yolks
1 T. Grand Marnier
2 T. sugar
3 T. unsweetened good quality cocoa
zest of 1/2 orange
3 T. finely chopped toasted walnuts
7 ounces tea biscuits like Leibniz
Pour cookies into a zip top bag and crush with a rolling pin, set aside. In your mixing bowl add butter through orange zest. Mix on medium high speed until mixture is light and fluffy, occasionally scraping down sides of bowl. Add nuts and cookies. Blend well. Turn out mixture onto a piece of plastic wrap and shape into a salami. Roll up in plastic wrap and twist ends tight. Chill until ready to serve. Before serving sprinkle the salami with powdered sugar. Place on a platter to have your guest slice their own or slice onto a pretty plate and serve.
To give as gifts, unwrap the chilled salami and dust with powdered sugar. Reseal in a new piece of plastic and wrap in waxed or parchment paper and tie ends with kitchen twine. Place a pretty label on your salami.
Christmas is coming fast. What are your favorite from the kitchen gifts?